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On board the Bernina Express from Tirano to St. Moritz
Tirano in Valtellina
St. Moritz in Engadin
Departure from Milano by bus. The tour leads along the Como Lake to the Valtellina with it’s wine fields along the road and famous cheese fabrication.
Arrival at Tirano, a historic mountain village in the Alps
After the visit of the basilica "Madonna di Tirano" of the of the 16th Century you have free time for visit and lunch in one of the typical trattoria in the old part of the town. There a wineries to taste the regional Valtellina wine.
In the early afternoon you go on the famous Bernina Express to a panoramic trip through the Alps. The little train has become UNESCO world heritage.
On board of the famous "Red Train" you enjoy a 2,5 hours magic journey through the most beautiful mountains in Europe.
The highest alpine transversal in Europe starts in Tirano. The train climbs from Tirano (429 metres) with it’s Mediterranean climate up to 2253 metres into the eternal snow of the Swiss Engadin to the Bernina Hospiz to descend to the famous winter sport resport St. Moritz (1775 metres).
Sitting comfortably in the panoramic carriages, you pass the spiralling viaduct at Brusio, fascination loop tunnels, and have a spectacular view to Piz Palü and Piz Bernina, the Morterasch Glacier and the Bernina mountains with their eternal snow.
Arrived at St. Moritz you have free time to visit the city. St. Moritz is one of the most elegant and exclusive holiday resorts of the world where the high society passes there winter holidays.
Departure for return trip
For the return the bus takes the breathtaking route over the Maloja Pass to the Bregaglia Valley and Chiavenna to Milan.
Arrival at Milano
NOTE: Times subjected to organization and/or traffic problem
Insider tip: Did you know that in Valtellina every wine hill has its own name and you can buy this wine in the local wine stores?
CINQUE TERRE - Day trip from Milan
Boat and train tour in one of the most beautiful regions in Italy (UNESCO Heritage)
'Cinque Terre' means 'five lands', and Italy's famous Cinque Terre are five perilously-perched villages strung along a short stretch of cliffs bordering the Ligurian Sea.
Cinque Terre are (north to south): Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
Departing Milan, you arrive at Golfo dei Poeti (Gulf of Poets) and visit the delightful village of Portovenere. From Portovenere take a boat trip to Monterosso al Mare and on the way admire the stunning views of the Cinque Terre from the sea.
In Monterosso, the biggest of the five villages, you will have time to explore and visit the beaches dotted along the coast. Despite the number of tourists, there is still a real sense of local identity even in the most tourist-crammed little ‘piazze'. Restaurants, bars and accommodation all have an endearingly homespun air about them as though when the locals saw tourists coming, they found a few garden chairs to stick on their terrace, hand painted a sign and began serving customers. Then take the train to Vernazza and you will visit the nice village.
You'll then continue on the final leg of your scenic day trip by train to La Spezia, where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Milan.
Insider tip: Did you know that the little trains (trenino) are used on the wine hills for the grape harvest?
LAKE COMO AND BELLAGIO - Day trip from Milan
Visit of Como and boat trip on the lake looking at its beautiful "villas".
Enjoy the beautiful of the Lake Como on a day trip from Milan. The fashionable lakeside town of Como surrounded by the Middle-aged town walls and it's Cathedral of marble is just a short drive from Milan. The lake with it's peculiar shape - a Y turned upside down is surrounded by snowcapped mountains.
After spending time visiting the historic city center of Como and having a break in front of the Duomo, you'll take a two-hour panoramic cruise on Lake Como to the enchanting village of Bellagio.
Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lago Maggiore, and is ringed with scenic towns.
Along the shores, in particular from Cernobbio to Gravedona and Bellagio, you will see wonderful villas and gardens with plenty of flowers as well as exotic and rare plants.
On your cruise you will admire the splendid lakeside wonderful villas and gardens with plenty of flowers as well as exotic and rare plants and keep an eye out for Villa d'Este at Cernobbio, a luxurious hotel complete with tropical gardens. The mild Mediterranean climate ensures an abundance of exotic and rare plants thrive year round.
Docking at the delightful town of Bellagio, you can follow the steep lanes running up from the lake and stop at boutiques and cafes housed in historic buildings.
Before returning to Milan the coach stops at the Cathedral S. Abbondio, a beautiful Romanesque church with precious frescos. During an afternoon break at La Tessitura, a concept store designed by Mantero Seta featuring a tribute to silk production, you have the possibility to by in the factory store.
Insider tip: Did you know that the actor George Clooney has his own villa at the Como Lake?
Lake Come and Bellagio - Day trip from Milan every Saturday and Wednesday - Program
Day tour from Milan to Verona and Garda Lake every Friday
On a scenic day trip from Milan you'll discover that Verona is one of Italy's loveliest towns, a major stop on the Shakespearean tourist trail, and be charmed by the towns and landscapes of Lake Garda.
Verona is one of the most beautiful towns with its attractive medieval city centre. The Roman Arena, where concerts and operas are performed in summer, is the city's grandest sight (original capacity 20,000), but the so-called 'Juliet's balcony' is also a principal port on the Shakespearian tourist trail.
You can spend time exploring the narrow streets, the churches with works of art and the ruined Teatro Romano over the river from which you have an excellent view from the terraces of the ancient theatre.
The beautiful lakeside towns around Lago di Garda have charmed foreign visitors for centuries. The area was a summer resort area for the ancient Romans, and in Sirmione and Desenzano you can visit the ruins and mosaics that record their presence.
Lake Garda is long and slim with a southern end that is low, rolling land, fairly built-up. In contrast, the northern end is surrounding by towering mountains.
The pretty town of Sirmione is on the southern shore of Lake Garda, perched on the end of a long promontory. Sirmione's beautiful setting was praised by the Roman poet Catullus. The town's narrow medieval streets bustle with color and life, and its most striking feature is the moated castle, Rocca Scaligera. Take a wander through a ruined Roman villa and admire archaeological finds - including a charming carving of rabbits in the small museum.
GENOA and PORTOFINO - Day trip to the Mediterranean Sea
every Monday from April 1st to October 31st
Genoa, city with a glorious past, nowadays is one of the most fascinating centre of the North of Italy. The Ancient Harbour revaluated by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano and the typical "caruggi" (narrow alleys) of the old town will welcome you to discover the charm of this Ancient "Repubblica Marinara".
The main touristic attraction of Genoa is the old harbour (porto antico) with it's historical buildings (like the Cotton warehouses), the new Aquarium, the Museum of the Sea and the Sphere. Other sights of Genoa include Piazza De Ferrari with the Palace of the Doges and the Opera. The main church ist St. Lawrence Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo). Built in a Romanesque-Renaissance style is the city's Cathedral.
Then you go by bus to the touristic municipality Santa Margherita Ligure from where you take the boat to take a break in a pearl of the Ligurian Sea: Portofino. Portofino is a charming small Italian fishing village with the Castel Brown on a hill. Luxury yachts anchore in the harbor. In the small bay the Statue of "Christ of the Abyss" was placed underwater at a depth of 17 metres to be discoveres from scuba divers. This statue was put 1954 in memory of Duilio Marcante to protect fishermen and divers.
Insider tip: Did you know that in a little house in Genoa the explorer of the American continent Christopher Columbus was born? Today you can visit it as museum. Did you know that the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has his castle at Portofino?
GENOVA and PORTOFINO - Day trip from Milan - every Monday from April 1st to October 31st
MAGGIORE LAKE - Day trip from Milan every Sunday from April 1st to October 31st
Visit of Stresa and boat tour of the islands Borromee (Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori).
On the borders of Piedmont, Lombardy and Switzerland, the Lake Maggiore (or Verbano) is the second largest Italian lake, after Lake Garda.
Most of the lake lies in Italian territory and only the most northerly end (42 sq km) belongs to Switzerland.
Like the other northern Italian lakes, Lake Maggiore credentials as a tourist destination dates back to the early twentieth century, when a spate of illustrious visitors enjoyed life in luxurious lakeside villas and verdant gardens.
The most popular Lake Maggiore resorts are on the western shores of the lake. Stresa is a lovely town with beautiful villas and gardens (some open to the public), a good climate and lake views. From the town a cablecar takes you up Monte Mottarone, where from a height of over 4,000 ft you can enjoy views of the Alps and the other lakes.
If you spend time at Lake Maggiore, you will soon become familiar with the name of the Borromeo family, who still own the islands named after them. Their most celebrated son, St Charles Borromeo, was born in the castle in Arona, at the southern end of the west shore, where a gigantic statue celebrates him; if you climb up inside the hollow structure, you can admire the view through the Saint's eyes.
The Borromean Islands are an unmissable Lake Maggiore tourist attractions, containing beautiful gardens and small settlements with restaurants and shops.
Lake Maggiore with boat trip - Day trip from Milan every Sunday from April 1st to October 31st
VENICE full day tour from Milan including a guided walking tour as well as a boat trip along the Venice lagoon - every Sunday
Venice really needs no introduction. The watery city, home to gondoliers in stripy jerseys singing in front of the Bridge of Sighs, has been a fabled holiday destination for centuries.
For centuries Venice was a republic of immense power; controlling trade routes in the Adriatic, and waging successful wars with rival states. Ruled by a doge, who had his powers controlled by a cabinet, Venice was a proud and rich republic, known as la Serenissima, the most serene. Every year the Doge would take part in a symbolic ceremony, the Marriage of the Sea, to celebrate Venice's mastery over the ocean.
Venice is composed of more than a hundred tiny islets, packed closely together around canals. The city is in a lagoon, protected by the longer island of Venice Lido. Venice is famously sinking. Every year high water levels (acqua alta) threaten the city's fabric, and it has long been feared that the beautiful city will one day disappear beneath the water.
While in Venice you'll enjoy a boat trip on the Venice lagoon and take a two-hour guided walking tour. As you stroll, your guide will point out the significant buildings and monuments you'll pass.
With its singing gondoliers, exotic architecture and mysterious canals, Venice has been a fabled holiday destination for centuries.
Galerie Vittorio Emanuele II.
Video Naviglio Grande
Visit the chic Brera neighborhood near the castle, the famous 10 Corso Como boutique and cafe, and the brand-new Porta Nuova district to learn about all the hip spots to eat, drink, and shop. With insider advice from your guide, you’ll see Milan like a local!
Enjoy a leisurely walk through Milan’s most fashionable areas including the Brera district, Porta Garibaldi and Porta Nuova
1.5-hour evening walking tour of Milan’s nightlife spots with personal tips and suggestions for your stay in Milan from a local guide.
Enjoy an evening with entertainment at Maison Milano, an elegant restaurant in a former post of the 19th century with characteristic architecture.
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 9 p.m. starts a 4-course menu of traditional Italian cuisine accompanied by live entertainment.
Maison Milan offers varied and original shows: variety, burlesque, live music and DJ sets.
A fascinating half day tour of the “Navigli” area and nice cruise on the canals every Saturday.
Navigate through the canals of Milan on a half day guided tour through the charming region of Navigli.
The origins of the Navigli date back to about 1100, but this stretch of water was only made navigable from the Ticino to the center of Milan at the end of the 14th century, to help transport the marble that was needed to build the Duomo. The Milan Wharf, an important commercial port for river transport for many centuries, was still working up to the end of the Second World War, and then permanently closed in 1979.
Today the Navigli make up one of the most charming places in Milan, a place of both nostalgia and innovation with the old, typical “case di ringhiera” houses and antique shops. An artsy quarter and a hopping nightlife scene with hundreds cafes, shops, bars and restaurants standing on each side invading the banks of the river in the evenings and weekends, especially from April to September with their open-air tables.
The tour includes a 50 minute cruise on the Naviglio Pavese and the Naviglio Grande to enjoy the picturesque atmosphere of the antique houses and shops, a 90 minute walking tour to visit the main historic sites such as the Porta Ticinese, one of the 6 main doors which have been the only entries to the city until the end of 19th century, the Church of S. Eustorgio where the remains of the Wise Kings are conserved. Don't miss the famous Portinari Chapel inside. The tour continues along Porta Ticinese St. to reach the ancient basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore (IV century) with its impressive columns.
Insider tip: Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci improved the systems the mechanism for opening and closing sluice gates in use in the Navigli?